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The Digital Dream: Myths, Magic and Monsters

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Keynote presentation at 3U N-Step Conference, 11th September, 2014, Dublin.

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The Digital Dream: Myths, Magic and Monsters

  1. 1. The Digital Dream: Myths, Magic and Monsters Professor Mark Brown 3U N-Step Conference 11th September, 2014 Dublin City University
  2. 2. Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning mark.brown@dcu.ie http://www4.dcu.ie/nidl
  3. 3. Auckland Palmerston North Wellington My story… Distance Worldwide 32,000 students
  4. 4. My story…
  5. 5. The Digital Dream 1. Myths 2. Magic 3. Monsters
  6. 6. “If digital learning is the dream solution for STEM education, then what is the problem?”
  7. 7. 1. Myths…
  8. 8. #1 University teaching has failed to keep up with major societal changes… 1. Myths…
  9. 9. #1 University teaching has failed to keep up with major societal changes… 1. Myths…
  10. 10. #1 University teaching has failed to keep up with major societal changes… 1. Myths…
  11. 11. #2 MOOCs are having a revolutionary impact on higher education… 1. Myths…
  12. 12. #2 MOOCs are having a revolutionary impact on higher education… Barber, M., Donnelly, K., & Rizvi, S. (2013). An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead. Institute for Public Policy Research. London. 1. Myths…
  13. 13. #2 MOOCs are having a revolutionary impact on higher education… 1. Myths…
  14. 14. #3 The lecture is dead in the inquiry-based classroom of the 21st Century… 1. Myths…
  15. 15. #3 The lecture is dead in the inquiry-based classroom of the 21st Century… 1. Myths…
  16. 16. #3 The lecture is dead in the inquiry-based classroom of the 21st Century… 1. Myths…
  17. 17. #3 The lecture is dead in the inquiry-based classroom of the 21st Century… “Because no two students have the same needs and no two teachers arrive at their best performance in the same way, theoretical exclusivity and didactic single-mindedness 1. Myths… can be trusted to make even the best educational ideas fail”. (Sfard, 1998, p.11)
  18. 18. #3 The lecture is dead in the inquiry-based classroom of the 21st Century… Learning by sharing (Connectivist) Learning by listening (Instructionist) Learning by doing (Constructivist) Learning by making (Constructionist) 1. Myths…
  19. 19. #4 Blended learning is having a transformative impact on pedagogy… 1. Myths…
  20. 20. #4 Blended learning is having a transformative impact on pedagogy… 1. Myths…
  21. 21. #4 Blended learning is having a transformative impact on pedagogy… 1. Myths…
  22. 22. #4 Blended learning is having a transformative impact on pedagogy… 1. Myths…
  23. 23. #4 Blended learning is having a transformative impact on pedagogy… 1. Myths…
  24. 24. #5 Educational technology is a neutral tool that has no effect on learning… 1. Myths…
  25. 25. #5 Educational technology is a neutral tool that has no effect on learning… 1. Myths…
  26. 26. #5 Educational technology is a neutral tool that has no effect on learning… 1. Myths…
  27. 27. #5 Educational technology is a neutral tool that has no effect on learning… 1. Myths… “Infused with the language of capitalism, neo-liberalism, globalization and enterprise pedagogy.”
  28. 28. #6 Face-to-face teaching is better than online and blended learning… 1. Myths…
  29. 29. #6 Face-to-face teaching is better than online and blended learning… 1. Myths…
  30. 30. #6 Face-to-face teaching is better than online and blended learning… “These studies answer the ‘‘big’’ questions (e.g., is DE/OL more effective than classroom instruction?), but they generally fail to establish an alignment of evidence that addresses the ‘‘do’s’’ and ‘‘don’ts’’ of instruction via rigorous research.” (p.89). Bernard, R., Borokhovski, E., Schmid, R., Tamim, R., & Abrami, P. (2014). A meta-analysis 1. Myths… of blended learning and technology use in higher education: from the general to the applied. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 26:87–122.
  31. 31. #7 Today’s students are digital natives who expect teachers to make extensive use of technology… 1. Myths…
  32. 32. #7 Today’s students are digital natives who expect teachers to make extensive use of technology… 1984 2014 Long ago our students danced at concerts, now they 1. Myths… click, video, share and tweet!
  33. 33. #7 Today’s students are digital natives who expect teachers to make extensive use of technology… Helsper, E. J., & Eynon, R. (2010). Digital natives: Where is the evidence? British Educational Research Journal, 36 (3), 503-520. 1. Myths…
  34. 34. #7 Today’s students are digital natives who expect teachers to make extensive use of technology… 1. Myths…
  35. 35. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Questions… Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz
  36. 36. 2. Magic…
  37. 37. Learner-Content Interaction Learner-learner Interaction Teacher-Learner Interaction Interactivity Framework Places Tools Spaces 2. Magic…
  38. 38. Learner-Content Interaction Learner-learner Interaction Teacher-Learner Interaction Interactivity Framework Place of Learning (Where Learning Ocurrs) 2. Magic… Mode of Learning (How Learning Occurs) Pace of Learning (When Learning Occurs)
  39. 39. Acquisition Participation The digital learning ecology… 2. Magic…
  40. 40. Acquisition The digital learning ecology… Physical Virtual Participation 2. Magic…
  41. 41. Acquisition The digital learning ecology… Synchronous Asynchronous Participation 2. Magic…
  42. 42. Off Campus in Class The digital learning ecology… Synchronous Asynchronous Off Campus out of Class On Campus in Class Acquisition Participation On Campus out of Class 2. Magic…
  43. 43. Video
  44. 44. 2. Magic… https://www.open2study.com
  45. 45. 2. Magic…
  46. 46. 2. Magic… ?
  47. 47. 2. Magic… ?
  48. 48. 2. Magic… Video
  49. 49. 2. Magic… Video
  50. 50. https://learn5.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2 2. Magic…
  51. 51. 2. Magic… http://mathsfirst.massey.ac.nz
  52. 52. In sum… 2. Magic… • Access • Interactivity • Innovation • Authenticity • Outcomes
  53. 53. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Questions… Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz
  54. 54. 3. Monsters…
  55. 55. 3. Monsters… National Survey of Student Engagement Engagement…
  56. 56. Completions… 3. Monsters…
  57. 57. Diversity… 3. Monsters…
  58. 58. 2.7% Diversity… 3. Monsters…
  59. 59. Conclusion…
  60. 60. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking Conclusion… (or ran out of time)
  61. 61. Conclusion… DREAMING OF A BETTER FUTURE LEARNING TO BE LEARNING TO KNOW LEARNING TO DO LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER Digital Literacy Digital Inclusion Digital Citizenship
  62. 62. Conclusion… DREAMING OF A BETTER FUTURE LEARNING TO BE LEARNING TO KNOW LEARNING TO DO LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER Digital Literacy Digital Inclusion Digital Citizenship STEAM
  63. 63. Thank You!
  64. 64. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Questions… Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz
  65. 65. Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning mark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz Contact Details…

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